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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffbeep* Date: Apr 6, 2014 9:56pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: R.I.P. Mickey

One of the last of the originals:

http://variety.com/2014/film/news/mickey-rooney-golden-age-box-office-giant-dies-at-93-1201153308/

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Poster: Quigs Date: Apr 6, 2014 10:30pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: R.I.P. Mickey

The thing I remember the most about Mr. Rooney was a frequent panelist on a afternoon program, Letter to Laugh-in on NBC. The premise was simple; each panelist read a letter to laugh in that were jokes sent in by the viewers, the studio audience voted on the best and worst jokes of the day, and the winner was for the worst joke as second prize and the best was deemed first prize.
I liked the show so much that I submitted some jokes and each joke read on the air got two dollars. After sending my jokes in (typed very neatly on notebook paper) I got my original page with black lines drawn through many of them with wording, "already been used or too corny". They choose two of the number I sent in and also a contract for the material.
After many weeks, one of my jokes was read by-Mickey Rooney. It was an old vaudeville joke of a doctor and patient: Patient;Doctor, every time I do this, I got a sharp pain. Doctor: I recommend don't do that. The immediate studio reaction were boos and catcalls. Mr. Rooney stood up and snarled at the audience, "c'mon, give the kid a break"!!!!I was delighted. I thought I had second prize but towards the show's end someone had a worst joke than I but I still got my two dollars and still have it to this day.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffbeep* Date: Apr 7, 2014 12:24pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: R.I.P. Mickey

Very cool story, Quigs. Thanks for sharing that.

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Poster: Quigs Date: Apr 7, 2014 12:30pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: R.I.P. Mickey

Thank. If's as close as I ever got to actually working with a star. :+)

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Apr 7, 2014 2:16pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: R.I.P. Mickey

I believe that in his later years Mickey was the last working actor that had been in silent films.


One of his timeless movies is here:

https://archive.org/details/Quicksand_clear